This season of course is too late. The Pats are playing solely on their past reputation. All the hype for these big games is based on just that. Reality is they are an average middle of the pack team that will make the playoffs by winning a weak division with probably an 11-5 record (hopefully). They are NOT going to beat any of the top teams in the playoffs in it's current state. They aren't good enough.
I feel that they've continued to fail in addressing the biggest problems on this team:
No pass rush-AT ALL!
mediocre cornerbacks who are too small and not physical enough to match against big strong WR's